The four names that you see above are what I’m going to call the new Fantastic Four. They are the brave souls, the kind hearts, and the compassionate people who make up the Gelbucks night crew! During my first two years here at GW, I got pretty close to the night crew at Gelbucks since that’s when I’m usually starting my work after a long day. At the beginning-ish of this year, the crew switched around a lot and I started seeing the faces of Dee, Vivian, Rob, and Dre – and I was nervous. But with something new comes an opportunity, so I asked their names and got to know them. And guess what? They’re some of the coolest cats around. All of them are some of the nicest people you’ll meet and every single one of them has such a contagious laugh! They have a blast with what they do and I think it’s because they’re all such great people that get along so well. They make my night whenever I go in there, even if it’s at 5 in the morning. They are always so welcoming and happy to see me. Honestly, I think baristas at Starbucks in general, but especially at Gelbucks, deserve such praise and admiration. I rarely hear people ask how their days are going, or ask for their name to establish a relationship, and I think that needs to change. They are human beings too, and not, as I like to joke, “Barista #1, 2, and 3…” They are all such fantastic people and I am so thankful to have them as our night crew 🙂 They understand the values of making the customer happy and go to such great lengths to make peoples’ day. Vivian, Dee, Rob, and Dre – thank you all so much for being such genuine people with such vibrant personalities. Thank you so much for all the laughs and support, especially when it’s super late at night. Thank you so much for being troopers and for trekking through the long night hours, and thank you so much for just being awesome and down to earth human beings.